American League

Baltimore Orioles 2012 Preview

Can the O's compete with big boys in AL East?
<p> The Orioles have undergone a number of significant changes, but they’re mostly confined to the front office and scouting department. Unfortunately, this team needs more than just a few minor adjustments to the roster. It’s difficult to envision the Orioles getting out of last place this season. They’re trying to borrow the Rays’ blueprint, but a turnaround won’t happen overnight.</p>

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox 2012 Preview

Can Boston return to the playoffs?
<p> When September began, they led the AL East and owned the best record in baseball. When it ended, they owned the greatest collapse in baseball history, and the fallout swiftly claimed their manager, GM and training staff — not to mention their good standing with Boston sports fans. If the leaders in that clubhouse have any pride whatsoever, the Red Sox will bounce back in a big way.</p>

Boston Red Sox

Baseball's Pitching Changes: The AL Arms Race

Yankees, Rangers, Angels pin postseason aspirations on pitching makeovers
<p> A look at this offseason's significant pitching changes in the American League</p>

— by Mark Ross

Pitchers are scheduled to report to spring training in less than a month, and if Major League Baseball’s offseason is any indication, a lot of teams’ postseason hopes will be riding on those arms that will get tuned up in Florida and Arizona.

Seattle Mariners Mt. Rushmore

Clear choices for Seattle foursome
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<p> The latest in the series of MLB teams' Mt. Rushmores, the Seattle foursome is the easiest selection of all teams. Should they be carved from Mt. Rainier?</p>

MLB Mt. Rushmores

by Charlie Miller

Athlon Sports' 2011 AL MVP

Athlon editors comb through the crowded field of contenders and cast their vote for this year's AL MVP
<p> Athlon editors comb through the crowded field of contenders and cast their vote for this year's AL MVP</p>

Athlon Sports' 2011 AL Rookie of the Year

Athlon editors cast their ballots for this year's best rookie in the American League
<p> Athlon editors cast their ballots for this year's best rookie in the American League</p>

With the World Series in the rear-view mirror and the hot stove just beginning to heat up, it's time to hand out some awards to this year's best performers on the diamond. The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) will make their announcements starting Monday. And while no Athlon editors are members of the BBWAA, here's how four of us — Charlie Miller, Braden Gall, Patrick Snow and Mark Ross — would have voted if we did have a ballot to cast.

AL Rookie of the Year

Detroit Tigers Put It All On Max Scherzer's Shoulders in ALCS Game 2

Derek Holland goes against Max Scherzer as the Rangers look to take a commanding ALCS lead
<p> Derek Holland goes against Max Scherzer as the Rangers look to take a commanding ALCS lead</p>

The Texas Rangers aren't happy with a 1-0 lead in the ALCS, even if they just beat one of the hottest pitchers in baseball.

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